Cost of Attending Georgia Colleges Increases

By: Jacqueline A. Ingles Email
By: Jacqueline A. Ingles Email

Joshua's mom, Jessica Tooks is a VSU student who can attend school because she receives financial aid. But with the two percent budget cut passed by the state board of regents Wednesday, Tooks is now seeing her tuition increase by one hundred dollars.

"That extra one hundred dollars is going to add on to the cost for books and not just books but housing because I don't stay on campus, so it's a lot more expensive," said Tooks.

Tooks is one of 283,000 students who will see higher fees next semester.

The Spring 2009 tuition will be $100 more at research universities and six other universities. It will also increase $75 at some comprehensive universities and go up $50 at two-year and state colleges.

This measure is expected to raise $20 million. But for already cash strapped students... this fee is costly.

"I would have used the hundred dollars for definitely for day care and for rent because that is also an issue that comes with being a single mom and going to school," Tooks added.

While the student fees will be re-evaluated in April, university employees are also paying the price with higher health insurance premiums.

"We talk about this hundred dollar fee, the students, the employees you know are also taking part of this reduction. Their monthly premiums will go up...based on whatever type of insurance they have whether they have a single plan or family plan," said Thressea Boyd, assistant to the president for Communications at Valdosta State University.

While workers can expect to see a monthly payment increase thiswill result in an additional eight million dollars in savings.

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